To kick off our afterschool meltdown prevention activities (I’m sure there’s a catchier name that I can come up with at some point), we’ve gone with a firm favourite tonight – Home Made Playdoh!
We’re HUGE fans of playdoh in our house, but our current batch of little pots of imagination have all been mixed in together (ew!) and for this particular activity I needed a white-ish creamy colour, so I put on my “Pinterest-Mum” hat and made a small batch from scratch.
How To Make Playdoh
1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of cold water
1/2 tbsp cooking oil
4 drops of Lavender pure essential oil
Mix the flour and salt together and the water, oil and lavender together in a different bowl.
Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients while stirring, until all the ingredients are combined and stick together.
Once combined, dust a smooth surface with flour and then knead the dough. If your playdoh feels quite sticky, continue to dust with more flour and keep kneading until it’s less tacky but still moldable.
To get the activity ready for Boe’s return from school, I printed a Moon Playdoh mat from Twinkl, and found circular items in Boe’s play boxes, with the idea that he could roll out some playdoh moons and try each tool to make craters in the moons and see which ones worked best.
It was a complete success! Boe came and sat down with me right away and started playing. There was no after school stress, or signs of a sensory meltdowns and it kept him entertained for about an hour.
He was also quite chatty about how his day went without prompting and I had more information on what they did at school in that hour than I have done in the last week 😂
He moved on from making moons and decided to make dotty ghosts towards the end with the googly eyes. I love how kid’s imaginations work.
I’m not sure what tomorrow’s activity will be, but I’ll be sure to share it with you at 3pm on my Facebook page.
Plinky and Boe